SHERMAN - A former Plano Independent School District employee has filed a lawsuit against the district claiming that she was terminated for excessive absences in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act.

Lori Davis filed suit against Plano ISD on June 5 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

According to the suit, Davis began working for the defendant in August 2008 and was told she would be terminated in August 2012. She was told she was being terminated because of her multiple absences in 2009.

Davis claims her absences in 2009 - including taking time off to care for her sick mother, dealing with her own pneumonia and her daughter's major sinus surgery - were allowed under the FMLA.

The defendant is accused of breaching its own employment policy by not giving Davis the number of days to which she was entitled to deal with medical issues.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for unpaid compensation, back pay and front pay, liquidated damages, consequential damages, attorneys' fees, and court costs.

Robert J. Wood, Gregory B. Fell and Amanda M. Payton of Richardson are representing the plaintiff.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00334

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